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Are you interested in becoming a 'Social Services Occupational Therapist'

As an occupational therapist, you can specialise in many different areas. If you are considering switching from your current role and becoming a social services occupational therapist, here are five job specific questions that you may be asked in an interview.

1. How well do you handle a heavy and active caseload and what do you do to stay organised?

For this type of role, it is vital that you can manage multiple cases at a time and that you stay organised to effectively implement quality standards and remain cost effective. It may be beneficial to mention in your CV the type of assessments you have experience with including core assessments, needs of carers etc. as well as number of cases you have managed at a time.

2. How much experience do you have undertaking assessments of adults and older people with less complex needs as well as children? What was your biggest challenge/accomplishment as related to each age group?

As a social services occupational therapist, experience with a variety of age groups is crucial. You can also reference how you handle each age group differently, i.e. the difference in needs of each group and assessment of each group. Are there certain challenges you have faced when undertaking assessments with children or adults or vice versa?

3. How much experience do you have prescribing blue badges and what challenges did you face as part of prescribing blue badges? How have you dealt with these, give an example?

For this question, the employer wants to know how you handle situations with service users that could be stressful. For example, someone may not have met the criteria to receive a blue badge and are now upset. How do you manage his/her complaint and facilitate communication that upholds quality customer service?

4. If anticipated improvement for a service user is not accomplished, what should you do to make sure that independence is maximised preceding release from reablement services?

The employer is testing your knowledge and ability to provide additional assessment and intervention or guidance to support workers when a service user hasn’t met his her reablement goals. Examples are key, so provide example situations where this may occur and how you would address them!

5. How important do you feel evidence-based research is when developing and reviewing care packages, and what research have you used recently to inform your work and decisions?

This question is to make sure you are remaining informed on new research and engage in evidence-based practice. So, stay up to date on the latest in occupational therapy and use it in your work and you should excel in your interview!

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